Preston North End have completed the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on loan until the end of the season, the club’s website has confirmed.
The Dane was released by manager Louis van Gaal in the summer and signed a two year deal for West Bromwich Albion, but has made just one Capital One Cup start because Boaz Myhill and Ben Foster are ahead in Tony Pulis’s pecking order.
The Lilywhites have been in the market for a goalkeeper after Manchester United recalled Sam Johnstone from his loan spell at the club on Saturday.
Lindegaard made 19 Premier League appearances for the Manchester club during his five year spell at Old Trafford, and was Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice for much of Lindegaard’s first season there.
However, David de Gea was eventually preferred by the Scot, and Lindegaard was even replaced by former Barcelona man Victor Valdes as van Gaal’s number two ‘keeper towards the end of last season.
He signed for United after a successful spell at Aalesund in which he helped the Norwegian side win the cup, and was named goalkeeper of the season in both Norway and Denmark, following a spell at Odense earlier that year.
Johnstone has been North End’s number one recently, after Jordan Pickford was recalled by Sunderland on New Year’s Eve, but was recalled yesterday after the club’s 3-1 defeat to Brentford.
Manager Simon Grayson has wasted no time in signing a replacement, but whether Lindegaard will be an improvement to what Preston had remains to be seen.
Preston are currently sat in 15th place in the Sky Bet Championship, having amassed 35 points in their 28 games this season.
Preston fans… what do you think? Is Lindegaard a step up from Johnstone? Can he help you climb the table? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!